Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Amazing Fly Adventure

Okay, so I'm not exactly a pacifist. You wouldn't have wanted to be a fly on the wall in my home last night.

I was working in the studio late yesterday afternoon. The windows in the house were open (screened) and dinner was already cooking. I came in from the studio about 6:30. I walked in and Lisa made me aware of the 300 flies on the ceiling of the kitchen. I knew John was on his way home and I wanted to call(John there are 300 flies on the ceiling! Hurry!!!) him to paper? I don't know. What the hell am I gonna do here? Where are these flies coming from? When I went to each window the screens were covered w/flies on the outside. This never happened in the suburbs were I grew up and I don't know what to do. My mother used to give us a penny a fly when we were kids but I mean I only ever made 2 or 3 cents on that.

What else could I do but get the fly swatter and get to it. Unbelievable. John and Johnny came home. John thought my estimate of 300 was woefully low. I only had one swatter. I continued on while Johnny hung a couple rolls of fly paper then he got his electric fly swatter which he'd been waiting to use. It kinda eletricutes the fly. Not really pratical as you have to isolate the fly but just the kind of gadget Johnny begs you to buy for him. John got out the vacuum and very slowly sucked them off the ceiling. Lisa was on cleanup collecting the fallen carcuses. With the whole family in place flies were dropping, flies. After about 1/2 and hour we had the place relatively cleared.

What the hell was that???? Sometime during the battle we had shut the windows and turned on the AC. When I woke up this morning there were still more than a few flies hanging out. I swatted at least 25. I looked at the windows. The screens still had flies on them but last night they were thick w/them and today it was way less. I went outside and saw that there are a LOT of flies on the house. All I can think is it has something to do w/them cutting down the corn across the road yesterday. They cut down the corn every year but I've never had this happen before.

Needless to say I will be needing a new fly swatter.


Blogger dawn said...

My god Mary we could call you Lord of the Flies HaHA. I think I might have freaked out. I had a similar problem with gnats and it was not fun. Good luck with the swatting

9/26/2007 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Babzy said...

Lord of the Flies! Good one. Maybe we should change it to Lady of the Flies.

HOLY CRAP. This reminds me of that old movie "The Birds". They must have come from the corn field. I will never eat corn again.

I was going to post about my fly story but it pales in comparison to yours. I was freaking out with 30 or 40 flies in my bedroom. Turns out there was a fly nest in the window frame.

But hundreds of flies? Couldn't be from a nest. Maybe the nests were in the corn patch and the disturbance caused them all to break open and fly to your house to get away from the corn cutter-downer.

Do fly swatters come in extra large?

9/26/2007 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger JM said...

I'm getting all itchy just reading about it. Like Babzy said it's sort of like an arthropod version of an 'ol Hitchock flick. Glad to hear that all (except the flies) survived. Please, no remake of The Children Of The Corn, OK?

9/26/2007 01:34:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Have you seen "The Amityville Horror"? HA!HA!

9/26/2007 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Dawn- Oh I freaked out. Then I just started swatting. At this moment I think I am swatted out. Kinda been going at it all day. I think they are completely gone except for one. I can't get him.

Babzy- I didn't know flies had nests. OMG. I am going to have to google that. Must be able to identify.

JM- It's funny, I just saw The Birds the other day. I was thinking of it as I swatted. Yeah and don't worry. We won't be going anywhere near the corn.

Chuck- Very funny. But my first reaction was to just abandon the house. Then reality kicked in.

9/26/2007 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger Tosh said...

A good seed for a horror movie... What a good family - bonding to fight the good fight. oxox

9/26/2007 05:48:00 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

A couple of months ago, I went into our bathroom and was washing my hands. I kept hearing a buzzing noise and I looked up...the light fixture was completely black - filled up with flies! It freaked me out! My husband had to vaccum and and use fly spray and clean the globe out three times. After about two days they were completely gone. It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen.

9/26/2007 05:52:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Tosh- We seem to be doing a lot of that lately! Hope your feeling okay.

Melissa- Maybe we really should look into to this fly nest thing. Ack. I'm getting the hee-bees...

9/26/2007 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger The Follow Spot said...

try cleaning the house once in a while

9/26/2007 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Mark- If you knew me you would never make such a ridiculous comment!

9/26/2007 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Willowtree said...

That happens to me a few times every summer, specially if I'm cooking a roast dinner. It drives me crazy, and at times has had me thinking about moving, but I like it here.

So you have my total sympathy.

9/26/2007 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Yikes Mary!

Sounds like the twilight zone! {grin}

btw, came over from Chuck's to say "Hi"!

9/26/2007 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

WT- Somehow I knew you'd be the one that this had happened to before. I WAS cooking ribs. Slow. All day. Interesting.

Karen- It was the twilight zone. Thanks for coming by.

9/26/2007 07:54:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

It's like in the movies... the one of the cockroaches and Keanu Reeves, or that spider movie. Did you find out if it's really from cutting dorn the corn??

9/26/2007 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

That must be a regional thing or something, Mary. I've never had flies that bad, in that quantity in Michigan, and down here I rarely see a house fly. I think it's too hot for them, but I don't know.

Did that electronic zapper gadget of Johnny's work?

9/26/2007 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

La bellina- Oh my. I've never seen the cockroach movie. Unfortunately I have been in a cockroach situation in my earlier days.

TUA- I do think now that I've thought about it, that its the chicken house in the area that causes so many flies to be in the area in the first place. But I also see a connection with me slow cooking ribs all day with the windows open. That must have drawn them to my house.

The zapper is not as effective as a regular old swatter.

9/27/2007 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous fairlane said...

I wouldn't worry about it too much. The flies probably sensed some great Evil in your home (Possibly a gateway to Hell under the floor or something), and came to investigate.

It happens to me all the time. Flies, locusts, cicadas, imps, evil fairies, Wingnuts.

9/27/2007 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous fairlane said...

Oh, and thanks for the link.

I'm not getting around (Figuratively and literally) as I once did.

9/27/2007 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

don't pay attention to the previous post-er......he gets around all-right! ; )

By the by, in our hood, we aren't too close to any farmland but wherever you go, day or night, those little, small, weeish, knats or whatever are everywhere. Makes walking weird! ; (

Unlike your situation, at least we aren't getting them in the house.

Are you going to DC Oct 27?

We're going to the March in Chicago! ; ) Hope it doesn't snow!

9/27/2007 07:43:00 PM  
Blogger Babzy said...

Try cleaning your house once in awhile! OUCH!! That's a joke, right?


How about this one...

9/27/2007 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

If I see a cockroach Mary, I'll be out of there so fast before you can finish saying cockroach!! Bad experience in my younger days too!!

9/28/2007 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

eek..I just get goosebumps reading about it..whoaahaha...

9/29/2007 07:33:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ooooh, yuck! I've been hit by swarms of flys every fall for the last several years - no idea how they manage to get inside the house, but they do - but the ba*tards won't sit down so I can swat them, they hover in the center of the room and fly around in a circle. Within three days, they're gone, but until then I'm a wreck trying to kill them all.

9/29/2007 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, to be a fly on the wall, nyuck, nyuck.

9/30/2007 05:11:00 AM  
Blogger just me said...

We used to have that problem with ladybugs in WV about this time of year. Ladybugs are nicer than flies, though. Hope they don't come back.

9/30/2007 08:04:00 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Hmmmm, very Hitchcockian! And just imagine all the maggots they were before they were flies.

According to some eastern beliefs, for a fly to die at the hand of a fine human being will give them terrific karma. They may move up to being bees!

9/30/2007 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Antonio said...

Gee! I killed about 35 flies at my grandmother's house the other day. I thought that was alot. I assume a fly laid eggs somewhere in her house at some point. I haven't seen anymore since.

10/01/2007 12:04:00 AM  

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